By Irene Gaitirira
Published October 10, 2017
Presented by the Royal African Society (RAS) at the British Film Institute, FA shall open with South African director John Trengove’s debut feature, INEXEBA (The Wound), that is described as a bold exploration of sexuality, masculinity and cultural values in modern-day South Africa.
INEXEBA, that has sparked controversy and debate across the country, is also South Africa’s official entry to the 2018 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
Lead actor and award-winning musician Nakhane who is reputed to be one of the country’s most exciting new talents will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion, which will be followed by an exclusive after party. Nakhane will also perform live for the first time in the UK at the Rich Mix on October 29.
RAS says FOREIGN BODY, Tunisian director Raja Amari’s audacious and visceral fourth feature movie, shall be shown during the closing ceremony of FA.
“The film boasts a terrific cast, including Sarra Hannachi (Child of the Sun) as Samia and Hiam Abbass (The Lemon Tree) as Leila. The screening will be preceded by the public announcement of the winners of the Film Africa 2017 Audience Award for Best Feature Film and the Baobab Award for Best Short Film, which will also be screened. We hope director Raja Amari will also be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A,” RAS says.
Coming up at the National Gallery Singapore on November 10-12, 2017 is the Annual Conference of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM) that shall look at The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society.
Saying its “conference also provides a forum for discussion about current museological and curatorial concerns with a special focus on Southeast Asia,” CIMAM says the programme of the event is “designed to provide delegates with a more proactive experience for networking as well as tours to provide insight into the artistic, historical and socio-political contexts of Singapore.”
While Uganda shall present the 4th Kampala International Theatre Festival that is described as ‘a platform to facilitate the creation and presentation of the best theatre productions and develop new audiences for theatre’ at the National Theatre in Kampala November 22-24, ComMattersKenya in collaboration with Goethe-Institut shall present the 102nd Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff) in Nairobi on November 27, 2017.
LKSff is Nairobi’s premier critical movie platform that screens and critiques movies, encourages moviemakers and explores ways of integrating motion pictures in eastern Africa with other socio-cultural and economic activities in order to come up with a sustainable movie industry.
Another important activity worth of mention is Swahili Fashion Week that marks its 10th anniversary when it runs in the Tanzanian commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, December 1-3, 2017.
“Swahili Fashion Week & Awards provides a platform for fashion and accessory designers from Swahili-speaking countries and beyond to showcase their talent, market their creativity and network with clients and international fashion industry,” says fashion designer Mustafa Hassanali who organises the event.